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6 Creepy Urban Legends That Happen to be True (Part 3!)

6 Creepy Urban Legends That Happen to be True (Part 3!)
It's that time again. It's becoming a reader favorite and Halloween tradition for us to count down those ridiculously over-the-top gruesome urban myths that, oh by the way, happen to be true. This is our third year (HERE is the first one, and HERE is the second) and once again these stories prove that truth is far more horrifying than fiction. Man Killed by Saw-style Explosive Neck Device The Legend: So all those convoluted puzzles and traps the Jigsaw killer uses, they're all just so ridiculous, right? Danny Glover knows. So then you run into somebody on the Internet who heard about how a real guy showed up at a bank and said he had an explosive collar around his neck that would deposit his brains all over the walls unless he robbed the bank on behalf of a criminal mastermind. Oh, please. The Truth: On a day like any other in late August 2003, pizza deliveryman Brian Wells was about to end his shift when a fateful order came in. Flava Flav is indirectly responsible for this. Related:  1

8 Amazing Works of Art You Need a Microscope to Appreciate For as long as there have been people making art, there have been people who are really good at it. People like Thomas Kinkade and the painter of Space Jesus, just to name two. But it's one thing to paint the weeping, planet-sized face of Jesus Christ hovering in space; it's another to intentionally make the job more difficult on yourself by picking the hardest possible medium to create your work. Like, for instance, if the thing you were sculpting or drawing on was microscopic. At that point, you're really just showing off. #8. Dalton M. That's not a huge novelty pencil tip right there. The same pencils we throw away when they're too stubby, Dalton M. Are you noticing how he planned it so that the handle of the saw would be wood, but the blade would be graphite? Dalton M. Are you imagining how easy it would be to snap that right off if your hand slipped or, heck, if you just touched it the wrong way? Dalton M. #7. Neccel.comJoe Biden is trapped inside a nearby thimble. Getty Yeah. #6.

7 Creepy Urban Legends That Happen to be True (Part 4) Once again, it's that time of year when Cracked goes out our way to fact check the outlandish stories that allegedly happened to your friend's former roommate's cousin's girlfriend. As we've shown three times before, sometimes the stories that get told and retold around a flashlight at slumber parties aren't as full of shit as we might've hoped. The Legend: We've all gotten emails about tourists who are abducted or drugged, only to wake up with a ragged scar where one of their kidneys used to be. These kind of stories sound like good fodder for an Eli Roth movie, but they couldn't possibly be true, could they? Survey says "yes". The Truth: Tell that to Indian construction worker Mohammad Saleem, who thought he had just lucked into a new, higher paying job working construction in New Dehli. Admittedly, we learned everything we know about India from Slumdog Millionaire. Unfortunately for Saleem, his new employers never showed up. Saleem wasn't the only victim either. Getcha' kidney! Ew.

6 Myths Everyone Believes about Space (Thanks to Movies) Our knowledge of outer space is a lot like our knowledge of history -- it's really hard to separate what we know from research from what we picked up from movies. In both cases, this means that a lot of our everyday knowledge about space is just laughably wrong. Yep, it's not enough for space to make us feel small -- it needs to make us feel stupid, too. (If you're reading this, you must love Star Wars. So why not watch Cracked's Adventures in Jedi School mini-series?) #6. Getty Remember how in The Empire Strikes Back the temporarily hyperdriveless Han Solo had to navigate through a chaotic asteroid field in an attempt to evade the Empire? Also missed: Plot, urgency, the existence of Boba Fett without a stupid back story. But that's just the way asteroid belts are, right? The Reality: Here's a pic of the asteroid belt in our solar system. WikipediaAlthough it could really use a couple of extra Dewbacks. WikipediaIt's empty. And a tolerance for giant space cocks. #5. Wikipedia #4. So, yeah.

6 MORE Creepy Urban Legends (That Happen to be True) As we are fond of pointing out, fact is usually much creepier than fiction. So around this time of year we like to share some of the most gut-wrenchingly disturbing stories, the kind we would tell around the campfire if we ever actually went outside. And most importantly, they're all true. Something Off About That Picture The Legend: A young man is dropping off groceries at the house of an eccentric old lady when he notices an old photo that makes the hair on his arms stand on end. "Oh," she replies, trying to stuff a cat in the dishwasher "isn't that beautiful? The Truth: While most folks today are too squeamish to take more than a glance into the casket during a funeral, in the late 19th through early 20th centuries someone dying meant it was time to break out the camera for a family photo. And, while it all sounds like the set-up for some terrifying practical joke on the photographer, there was actually a somewhat reasonable explanation for the practice. The Corpse in the Carpet

The 6 Stupidest Things We Use to Judge People We Don't Know A couple of days ago I was talking to a friend about music, and within 30 seconds we were making fun of Nickelback. Half a minute after that, we were ripping on their fans. At the time, we were just two guys looking down our noses and laughing at a fan base and a form of music we considered beneath us. But after that conversation, I kind of felt like a douchebag. Not for making fun of Nickelback, because that band really does suck, but for damning their fans. We as humans do this constantly. #6. Regular readers know that I used to work at a truck wash for big tractor/trailers. I did it because I knew the reaction my job produced wasn't one of interest."I appreciate you saying so, sir. Of course, we've all felt that satisfying mixture of pity and superiority that comes from seeing a stranger doing a crappy job."So that's a No. 4 with a large go fuck yourself? Instead we scoff, because it makes us feel better about where we are in life. #5. #4.

7 Creepy Urban Legends That Happen to be True (Part 5!) Halloween's nearly here, and that means it's once again time to prove that the urban legends that scared you as a kid should still totally scare you as a rational adult, because they're totally true. As we've shown four times before, sometimes the stories told late at night at sleepovers really did happen to that kid's brother's cousin's sister. For instance ... #7. Man-Eating Escalators The Legend: Parents can't seem to resist the urge to play amateur horror movie director when teaching you the importance of tying you shoes. Getty"I thirst for child-blood." The Truth: Escalators are hungry like the wolf -- in this case, an unseeing, unfeeling robotic wolf that appears to grow hungrier once it tastes blood. GettyAre you listening, Hollywood? Toes and entire pieces of feet have been chewed off by escalators. For instance, in 2003 a girl lost part of her hand when she reached down to free her shoe, which the escalator was in the process of eating. #6. Everyone knows the feeling. #5. #4.

6 Scientific Discoveries That Laugh in the Face of Physics As we've pointed out before, there are some startlingly simple questions that science can't answer. And then there are the special occasions where the universe up and does a freaking magic trick that seems to be designed by an unjust, all-powerful entity dedicated to making scientists slowly pull off their glasses while saying, "What in the hell?" For instance ... #6. The Sun Can Make Stuff Hotter Than Itself We intuitively understand the direction that energy travels -- from the thing with energy to the thing with less energy. GettyThat asshole always has to be the center of attention. There's a discrepancy between what science says should happen and what the sun actually does, and it's known as the sun's coronal heating problem. The facts are pretty straightforward; the sun's surface sits comfortably at a blazing temperature of roughly 5,500 degrees Celsius. GettyHe's a loose cannon! GettyWould anything this awesome-looking follow rules dreamed up by some nerds? #5. #4. Getty"Wizards.

The 5 Creepiest Urban Legends (That Happen to be True) The best creepy campfire stories are always the ones that end with the words, "...And it’s all true, because I have the damned documentation here to prove it!" In that spirit, we've tracked down five of the creepiest tales and urban legends that really happened to real people, proving once and for all that nothing is more terrifying than everyday life. The Dead Body Under Your Freaking Matress The Legend: A couple checks into a hotel and have to put up with a foul odor in their room all night. They call the staff to complain and somebody figures out the stench is coming from the bed. Now, there's no way that scenario is going to have a good ending. The Truth:This actually happened, in Las Vegas. It makes sense if you think about it. The strangest part isn't that the bodies wind up in such a terrible hiding place (killers often aren't the type to plan ahead). Most people we know will complain if they detect that someone might have smoked a cigarette in their room four months ago. The Truth:

6 Fictional Places You Didn't Know Actually Existed Part of what makes fantasy and sci-fi appealing is that it's not just a bunch of characters -- it's a whole world. One you want to live in. That's true even if it's an objectively bad place -- Gotham City looks like a shithole, but who wouldn't trade their current life with a chance to go there and fight supercriminals with Batman? #6. The Fictional Setting: Of course, Middle Earth from The Lord of the Rings isn't just one setting. TheOneRing.netFrom the air it looks exactly like some dude got hit in the eye with a dart. The Real Thing: Birmingham MailActually, it's more like a dude in a skirt with a hard-on. As it turns out, Middle Earth - that is, the Shire, the forests, Isengard, even freaking Mordor -- all came from author J.R.R. OK, so what about Mordor? The Thain's BookOr Illinois. Revolutionary PlayersThere's definitely a troll under that big wheel on the left. Oosoom, PigsonthewingOf course, nearly all the orcs have moved off to London by now. #5. Look familiar? #4.

The 6 Creepiest Things Discovered by New Homeowners Approximately 99 percent of haunted house stories begin the same way: The owners move into a house that seems too good to be true. Then there is some foreshadowing via rumors from the neighbors, and finally a gruesome discovery. But that chain of events isn't just the stuff of movies and campfire stories. Real homeowners have moved into their new digs only to find horrors like ... #6. An Old Burial Ground OK, based on what you have seen in horror movies/novels/TV shows, what is the one single thing that ensures your home will be infested with ghosts and/or poltergeists? Getty"You could at least desecrate our graves tastefully." So of all the possible things in the world you can find in your new home, none can be quite as unsettling as plunging a shovel into the floor of your basement only to have a child's skull come rolling out. Getty"See, honey? Wait, What? That's exactly what happened to Helen Weisensel. wisn"We're just miffed about the dry rot. "Everybody asks me ... #5. #4. Holy shit!

5 Things You Should Know Before Trying to Fix Your Computer I come from an era where computers were designed for geeks and geniuses. Without the Internet, their only practical uses were data storage, being a really expensive word processor and being a kickass solitaire machine. Growing up in that mindset, you learned to fix computers because there wasn't much else to do with them. But now that they're a common fixture in pretty much every household, it's kind of ridiculous to expect everyone to know how to fix them. There are computer guys for that, just like there are mechanics to change the oil in your car or leather workers to repair your sex whips. So I guess I shouldn't really be surprised when I find people today -- smart people who know their way around the Internet -- who don't know what to do when their computer flips out and starts shouting racial slurs at them. #5. But no matter what you tell them, they absolutely refuse to just click the download button. It's right there, for the love of God! Oh, hey, look! Photos.comNo! #4. #3.

The 5 Creepiest Unsolved Crimes Nobody Can Explain Dear Internet: We have to admit something -- we've been getting kinda cocky, recently. Whether we're explaining the phenomenon of alien abduction, debunking every textbook ever or doing some third thing, we've been spending a lot of time acting like we have all the answers. And it's started to go to our heads. But that all changes now. There are unsolved crimes, and then there are the kind of creepy, "What the hell could possibly be going on here" capers that keep the cops, and anyone who hears about them, up at night. Here are the real cases that almost fall into X-Files territory: The victim was found dead at 6:30 am, December 1, 1948, under a street lamp at Somerton Beach in Australia. But more on that in a moment. Would have saved them a ton of time, and been exactly as helpful. So the cops must have been half expecting it when the coroner returned with the cause of death: "Sudden, acute onset of damned if I know." Every breakthrough seemed to increase the mystery. It Gets Weirder: